Beautiful but ominous Smoky Skies above Lyons

Forest fires in Colorado and California

Smoky sunset above Lyons, CO (Photo by Keith Gleason)

As if Covid-19 and the elections don’t fill our brains enough, we now have one of the four major forest fires in Colorado affecting our daily lives in Lyons.

The Cameron Peak fire is near Red Feathers Lake, north of the Rocky Mt. National Park, and west of Ft. Collins. It is approximately 60 miles from Lyons “as the crow flies.”  It fills our sky with smoke, and sometimes ashes, mainly in late afternoon and into the evening. Many dramatic photos of orange suns and spooktacular skies are being shared. Add to that the images of gigantic pillars of smoke clouds emerging from the fires.

On Saturday we heard that the Cameron fire had doubled in size, and then on Labor Day we were told that it had tripled and was now more than 100,000 acres. The list of mandatory and voluntary evacuations is growing each day.

A sunny day view of Steamboat Mountain by Dominica Lumazar.
Smoke dropping down into Lyons from the nearby Cameron fire, by Dominica Lumazar.

Fire Restrictions:
Roosevelt National Forest has some closures. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closures, including Fall River Road. For information please see Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at

A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.
(update 9/10/20: ban extended till October 7)

You can check the aggregation of daily reports, including maps, at INCI Incident Reports
Sign up for the Emergency Notification list for Northern Colorado at:

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Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Lyons Recorder ~~ Over the past thirty years, award-winning journalist Kathleen Spring has written for numerous newspapers, magazines and online media, often including her own relevant photographs. She specializes in profiles, history and other research, and promotion of local Lyons events and senior activities. She also teaches creative writing workshops. Work experience prior to concentrating on writing and Journalism was in Business Administration, including setting up and running a number of businesses, located in offices or online.

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